An innovative photoluminescent emergency lighting product that is self-charging, initially emitting a white light then a wayfinding system for 12-plus hours, has been launched by an Australian research and development company.
The Glo-X Light Sleeve is made from UV stabilised polypropylene and simply slides over a standard LED or fluorescent light tube to automatically charge by white, blue or UV light. The product provides a significant reduction in power consumption, resulting in cost savings and environmental benefits.
Emergency lighting has traditionally been reliant on a power source or battery which can still fail and requires ongoing maintenance, where Glo-X’s innovation makes it a real game-changer in this space
Glo-X’s Chris O’Neil says the technology has been patented worldwide and Nata-tested to meet DIN 67510, the requirement for safety guiding systems using long afterglow products. ‘Emergency lighting has traditionally been reliant on a power source or battery which can still fail and requires ongoing maintenance, where Glo-X’s innovation makes it a real game-changer in this space,’ O’Neil says.
‘Unlike other forms of photoluminescent products that generally provide a relatively low level of glow light which can diminish in intensity quite quickly, Glo-X initially provides a high level of light, enough to fill a whole room, and genuinely lasts longer. In fact, it’s so effective that you can even read small text for 30 minutes after the powered lights turn off or fail, and you can read signage for up to 12 hours after that.’
The light emitted from the Glo-X Light Sleeve is white, not green or discoloured like other photoluminescent products. It substantially reduces the effects of blue light output and can be worked under with relative ease, perfect for office buildings and workplaces.
O’Neil says its application can be used in any residential or commercial situation, particularly for social housing, student accommodation and care homes. ‘There are obligations to ensure compliance in terms of emergency lighting standards, testing and maintenance, not just for offices and workplaces, but for anywhere large numbers of people might congregate,’ he says.
‘This has been particularly highlighted by the Grenfell Tower fire last year and a number of other instances where social housing audits have found inadequate or no emergency lighting at all. There are hefty fines in place if these obligations aren’t met, but worse still people’s lives may be at risk and our product is a failsafe way to help prevent these disasters.’
The Glo-X Light Sleeve technology mixes photoluminescence into plastic and is not a coating, unlike most other products on the market that are resin-based and cannot be combined with clear substrates.
O’Neil says as a one-off capital purchase its 25-year lifetime saving benefits can dramatically impact on a building’s development cost or ongoing maintenance. ‘The Glo-X Light Sleeve’s patent enables a unique combination of LEDs, batteries, sensors and photoluminescence to be put into an integrated lighting system. When operated with other devices in a building it will result in a profound reduction in power usage and cost savings, while still providing adequate lighting for the intended building use.’
The product is available in 600mm, 1200mm and 1500mm tube lengths with an external diameter of 32.5mm and internal diameter of 28mm. It can be cut to size.
The global emergency lighting market is forecast to grow to US $7.9 billion by 2023, according to a report released by P&S Market Research, with Glo-X’s range of products targeting this market.
Glo-X is a world leader in photoluminescence products with a range of safety lighting products including A3 block plans, fire extinguisher signage, light switch covers, hard coatings and paints.
Based in Queensland, Australia, the company is seeking distributors in Europe and the US.
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